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PONT - linking RCT with Mbale, Uganda

PONT is a community to community link between Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales and a district in Uganda called Mbale.

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Here is a summary of our activities to date:

Primary Health Care.healthicon

Over 1000 volunteer Community Health Promoters, Traditional Birth Referral Attendants, Operational Level Health workers and Trainers of Trainers trained in 12 subcounties throughout rural Mbale region.

Over 12,000 mosquito nets distributed to the neediest families.

Trainees integrated with their local government health centre and community leadership and supervised by local partner Development Organisations. They comprise Village Health Teams with access to the PONT ambulance service for emergency transport. Drivers are trained OPLs.

Secondary Health carehospitalicon

Training programmes conducted at District Hospital.

Endoscopy unit installed.

Engineeringengineeringicon

Mechanical engineering workshop exported and being set up.

Funds raised to supply a community with a new water supply.

Equipment repaired at district hospital.

Orphan support.childrenicon

980 goats distributed to needy families.

Capacity built in 5 NGO’s to manage goat breeding.

Schoolsschoolicon

56 schools directly twinned in both communities.

Plans for tree planting in school yards

Plans for agricultural improvement plots on school grounds.

Plans for computers and Solar power sources.

Churcheschurchicon

Microfinance scheme under way.

Wedding dress rental shop established.

Merchandisetrolley

Regular sales of African craft at PONT functions.

Retail outlet sales under progress.

 

universityiconUniversity

Major conference planned for July in Mbale.

Project planned for slum regeneration.

Project planned for agricultural improvement (through schools)

Politicalcouncilicon

Visit from our Welsh Assembly member (Jane Davidson).

Met with Vice President Bukenya and Minister for Health.

European twinning covenant signed by Mayor at Strasbourg.

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Funds being raised to establish an ambulance service using motorbike ambulances.

Training programme in emergency response delivered in Mbale by Welsh paramedics.

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Working with the ambulance team to deliver emergency response to road traffic accidents in Mbale.

 

Financefinanceicon

Accounting team established (to work with each sub committee).

About £140K raised in last 3 years.

 

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Environment

Major UNDP pilot planned for climate mitigation.

“The work being done by Gold Star Communities and links between Wales and Africa is truly an inspiration. Follow your passion and you will change the world!” - Desmond Tutu

 

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